A MAN who murdered his ex-partner will spend more time in prison after South Swindon MP Robert Buckland referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.

Theodore Johnson, who had previously been convicted of the manslaughter of two former partners, attacked and killed his 51-year-old ex-partner after she ended her relationship with him.

Johnson, 64, was originally sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 26 years in January at the Central Criminal Court. The minimum term was increased after the solicitor’s action, meaning Johnson will now serve at least 30 years behind bars.

Mr Buckland QC MP presented the case personally to the Court of Appeal.

Speaking after the hearing, he said: “This was a vicious and brutal attack which ended in the tragic death of a woman.

“The offender is a danger to women and his crimes deserved tougher sentencing.”